Playing the "Hand Game"

Playing the "Hand Game"

c. 1760

Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

Overall: 39 x 55.3 cm (15 3/8 x 21 3/4 in.)

The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.258


This scene depicts women playing a hand clapping game in which two players sit opposite each other and make certain hand gestures simultaneously. The game depicted here may be Ishi Ken, familiar to us as Rock, Paper, Scissors. A common amusement among both children and adults, it is usually played to the accompaniment of music.

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